Associations push for LRRP reform

Window & Door
March 12, 2012
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for its annual meeting and spring legislative conference. Among other issues, members were updated on Congressional efforts to curtail some of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint regulations.

WDMA is supporting new legislation introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would restore the "opt-out" provision to the EPA's Lead Repair, Renovation and Painting rule, as well as address a number of other problems with the law, according to a Window & Door article.

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association also supports revisions to current LRRP requirements. 

"Inherent flaws and overreach in the LRRP regulations are killing jobs and severely limiting the replacement of energy-inefficient windows," said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO, in a release. "The rule unfairly penalizes homeowners, contractors and business owners involved in renovation and repair."

Specifically, S2148 would restore the "Opt-Out" provision, suspend the LRRP if the EPA cannot approve commercially available test kits that meet the regulation's requirements, and restrict the EPA from expanding LRRP activities to commercial and public buildings until a study is conducted to prove necessity, according to AAMA officials.

The Window & Door Dealers Alliance also is calling on members and industry businesses to contact their congressmen or senators to show support for the bill. 

"This is the moment the WDDA and the industry have waited for: a bill that would seek a legislative solution to the rule we’ve been fighting for years," said David Walker, vice president of association services for the WDDA, in a letter to members. "This is a bill we can, and should, support."

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